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1:42 PM on 12.17.2014

UPDATE: The Interview basically dead as major chains yank it

[UPDATE: In response to the mass cancelations by theaters, Sony has officially halted the film's release. The language of the statement implies that it will come out eventually, but there's no indication of when that mig...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 12.17.2014

This 12 Days of Christmas-themed Taken 3 trailer actually exists

The original Taken was probably one of the biggest Pleasant Surprises in recent memory. The slightly offensive but completely badass film saw the birth of Liam Neeson as an aged action star, and I'm so freaking okay wit...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

10:00 AM on 12.17.2014

International trailer for Cinderella works them shoes

I'm caught in a pickle, folks. While I want Disney's live action version of Cinderella to be different from its animated counterpart (so it has a reason to exist other than money), I don't like the changes. Thus the latest t...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 12.17.2014

Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

When Peter Jackson announced that he'd be stretching The Hobbit into three movies I was a bit wary, but excited. While the book itself could have easily been put into one, maybe two, films there's enough lore in the worl...

Matthew Razak



UPDATE: Sony hackers threaten attack, Sony allowing theaters to pull The Interview photo
UPDATE: Sony hackers threaten attack, Sony allowing theaters to pull The Interview
by Matthew Razak

UPDATE: We've passed the point of beating around the bush. This has gone from hacking some emails to threatening full out violence against people who would consider seeing some damn movie. Sony has taken the next step and is allowing theaters to pull The Interview, if they so choose. I won't blame theaters that do, nor will I fault Sony for making this decision. It just kind of sucks that we're in an age where Hollywood can't even churn out a damn parody. But, barring any tragedy, we'll still be here to watch the film for ourselves and present our opinions for you all. Original story below. - Nick]

While we took a hard line on not covering any movie news leaking from the Sony hack it's still a major story in the film industry and the hack has gone too far to ignore. This is especially true when they're threatening actual violence on theaters that play the film. In the latest release, which reportedly also included more hacked files, the hackers stated:

Warning

We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.
Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.
The world will be full of fear.
Remember the 11th of September 2001.
We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.
(If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)
Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
All the world will denounce the SONY.

First, Sony should start calling themselves The SONY from here on out. Second, it hasn't been confirmed that this email came from the same people, but it is probable. Third, fuck them. This just went from an embarrassing and financially troublesome issue for a single company to a disturbing and disgusting over reaction. Even if they're simply trying to rile things up this has gone beyond acceptable. God, I hope this movie is actually funny.

[via Variety]

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12:00 PM on 12.16.2014

This fan recut Terminator: Genisys trailer is the best thing

The Auralnauts folks (the ones behind the Bane Outtakes and Schwarzenegger kill count video) have hit it out of the park again.  "I know you can do it, because you already did it." Awesome. 

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 12.16.2014

First posters for Pixels chomp and blast their way in

Pixels is a strange beast. I'm not sure I should be excited for it or worried about it. In the plus column it is about defending the earth from aliens who have mistakenly assumed our old school videogames are declaration...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 12.16.2014

First trailer for Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups

I don't have very much experience with Terrence Malick's films, but while I don't necessarily "get" his movies myself, I understand why he's a big deal. Filmed back in 2012, Knight of Cups is finally primed for a 2015 releas...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 12.15.2014

Harrison Ford says Blade Runner 2 script is the best thing he's ever read

I think we can all agree that Blade Runner is an incredible film. I think we can also agree that it probably doesn't need a sequel. But a sequel is probably going to be made anyway, so all we can hope is that it will do ...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

4:00 PM on 12.15.2014

Critics Choice Awards release their nominations

The big boys are rolling in. We got the nominations for the Golden Globes the other day, with a few surprises and now the Critics Choice Awards have released theirs. The CCA have been growing in popularity since they started ...

Matthew Razak





3:00 PM on 12.15.2014

See The Gambler early and free

Early buzz on The Gambler has some Oscar hopes tied to it, but the film didn't get the push and so the nominations didn't really come. That doesn't mean that the film will be bad, though. In fact it looks pretty damn ste...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 12.15.2014

King Kong reboot Skull Island gets new title and release date

In case you've forgotten, Legendary has been inching closer and closer to bringing us another King Kong vs. Godzilla...or at least I hope that's what's going to happen. After the success of Godzilla, King Kong is next in...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 12.15.2014

First full trailer for The Divergent Series: Insurgent

I liked the first Divergent film enough. Although it's basically a thinly veiled message of "Everyone sucks but me because I'm different," everything was just super cheesy and bad looking enough to work. It's better than the...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 12.15.2014

Box Office Numbers: Thus Saith the Lord

Although the final product turned out to be less than stellar (even putting a man to sleep), Ridley Scott's latest "epic," Exodus: Gods and Kings won over a quiet pre-holiday weekend with $24 million. Mockingjay- Part 1 came ...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 12.12.2014

First trailer for Sean Penn's new film The Gunman

Sean Penn is getting up there in years and what is an aging star to do these days? Make an action movie of course. Thanks to a slew of hits from aging stars it appears we're getting another one hitting the screen with The Gu...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 12.12.2014

Marvel's Ant-Man gets official synopsis

From the looks of things, Marvel's Ant-Man is finally settling down after months and months of trouble. Whether or not you like the idea of multiple rewrites, late cast additions, or Edgar Wright leaving a project he helped g...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 12.12.2014

These DC movie poster variant covers will blow your mind, wallet

How's your movie poster knowledge? Test your might with this epic collection of 22 DC movie poster variants from their March solicitations. I'm having a hard time picking a favorite, but I'd have to go with the Teen Titans&nb...

Sean Walsh

2:00 PM on 12.12.2014

Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally names its characters

Although the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens was the very definition of tease, people have been scrounging and speculating left and right over the ten shots featured. Well, now we're one step closer to figuring out...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 12.12.2014

R100 trailer looks sexy, insane, and makes me feel funny

I don't even know what to say about this film that isn't said in the trailer. It looks amazing and sexy and messed up and absolutely right up my alley. Alec reviewed it back in July, and I'm so glad it's coming out in just o...

Sean Walsh



Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings photo
Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings
by Nick Valdez

Folks don't know this about me, but I have a soft spot for biblical stories. Having been raised half Roman Catholic, half who gives a hooey, I have an abundant knowledge of Christian bible quotes and intricacies. Regardless of your beliefs, you have to admit the Bible is full of fantastical, involving stories ripe for big budget adaptations like these. 

It's really the simplicity of it all that makes it entertaining. Bad guys are bad, good guys are unequivocally good, and some invisible force is guiding everyone's decisions. But when that guiding force doesn't know when to reign it in, you get Exodus: Gods and Kings. 

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Review: Inherent Vice photo
Review: Inherent Vice
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

I’m not educated enough to have an intelligent conversation about Inherent Vice. I’m smart enough, but to seriously wrestle with what Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s book is trying to do and say would require me to have A) Seen more of P. T. Anderson’s films, or B) Read more (read: any) of Pynchon’s books (perhaps even the source material itself), or C) Know more about the era in which the film takes place.

And so it’s taken me well over a week to write this review, because I simply didn’t know what to say. I wanted to deconstruct the film in some meaningful way, but I don’t feel qualified to do so.

What I can do, however, is consider just what it means to see (and generally enjoy) a film that I don’t understand. 

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of the 52nd New York Film Festival. It is being reposted to coincide with the film's limited theatrical release.]

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Here are your 2014 Golden Globe nominees photo
Here are your 2014 Golden Globe nominees
by Nick Valdez

Here we go. Awards season has officially begun. The Golden Globes may not seem like a big awards ceremony anymore, but their set of nominees and winners set the stage for the rest of the season. Big winners and nominees here usually are on the fast track to Oscardom. The weirdest part of the nominees this year is, lots of these films have yet to hit wide releases. 

The Theory of Everything, Selma, Boyhood, and The Imitation Game are all making big waves with multiple nominations each, but lots of folks haven't seen them yet. Sure the awards season always screams "insider status," but this year I still haven't seen most of these awards screeners yet. 

Either way, it's good to see The Lego Movie and The Book of Life here. Shout outs to uniqueness. Check out the full list below and tell us what you think got snubbed or shouldn't be there.  

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